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Interior Woodwork Restoraton 101

Interior Woodwork Restoraton 101

Before the Second World War and even into the 1950s, most wood used in cars was solid and finished with cellulose varnish. It's relatively easy to refinish, simply by taking off the varnish with an appropriate paint/varnish stripper, rubbing down with fine sandpaper and re-varnishing.

Overheating 101

Overheating 101

The biggest cause of overheating in old cars is a silted-up radiator. If you've seen how limescale builds up in a kettle or central heating pipes, you will know that the real problem is the layer of hard lime that builds up gradually on the surfaces.

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 1

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 1

Having a vehicle lift in your home garage used to be considered very extravagant, but in recent years the proliferation of affordable lifts has changed perceptions and options. The truth is they make a lot sense for hobbyists who wrench on their own rides and need additional storage.

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 2

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 2

From a storage standpoint, a four-post lift allows you to store one car over another, while the convenience comes from having your classics in the garage rather than stored offsite , as well as the convenience of access. How to answer the most important question: will it fit?

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 3

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 3

If you have the clearance space in your garage and the clearance in your checkbook, you'll need to weigh your needs against the variety of lifts on the market. That is what this installment is all about

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 4

The Lowdown on Garage Lifts: Part 4

Now that you you have picked the right lift for your needs here are some tips to make installation a bit easier. Although lifts are comparatively simple in design and operation, their set up can be complicated because of the weight of the components involved

Fire Protection and Prevention

Fire Protection and Prevention

Being prepared can be the difference between a minor problem and a total loss. If fire takes hold of your car it will destroy it. With so many flammable materials and fuel sources, fire rips through a car in minutes and, by the time the fire brigade arrives, it will be unrestorable.

Fuel Vaporization: Causes and Cures

Fuel Vaporization: Causes and Cures

If your classic coughs and sputters in the heat, it may be the fuel, not the engine. More detrimental to your engine's smooth running is fuel boiling in the fuel line to the carburetor, as that can bring your classic to an abrupt and embarrassing halt until the engine bay has cooled off enough to let it through.

Camshafts Explained

Camshafts Explained

There is a lot more to cams than just a stick with lumps on it. In this article, discover everything you wanted to know about camshafts but were afraid to ask.

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